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UPDATED 6/1/15: Magic Time!: ‘I’m an Improviser by Trade’: A Q&A With Matthew R. Wilson, Director of Faction of Fools’ ‘Our Town’

Updated 6/1/5: Before seeing Faction of Fools’ Commedia dell’arte interpretation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in full production (I’d previously seen it in a workshop), I was skeptical whether the show was going to work. That uncertainty had prompted me to want to talk beforehand with Director Matthew R. Wilson (see below). But let’s be honest: What lover […]

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‘Our Town’ at Faction of Fools

Faction of Fools does it again with an innovative production of Thornton Wilder’s revolutionary and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town, which originally debuted in 1938 about a New Hampshire town at the turn of the century and also death, love, marriage, life, and making breakfast. This is an inspired choice for Faction of Fools, a […]

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‘Titus Andronicus’ at Faction of Fools

I’ll be the first to admit that I was… concerned when I heard that one of DC’s funniest acting troupes was staging one of Shakespeare’s trickiest tragedies. I’ll also be the first to admit that I shouldn’t have worried. In the hands of the Faction of Fools, William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus is transformed into the […]

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‘The Fantasticks’ at Rep Stage

Try to remember, four months before September when Rep Stage mounted The Fantasticks to close their season. A classic love fable springs to mind; the Music by Harvey Schmidt, the Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones. A boy, a girl, two fathers, a moon, and a wall – what more could a love story need? […]

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Left to Right: Paul Reisman and Toby Mulford. Photo by Second Glance Photography.

‘A Commedia Christmas Carol’ by Jessica Vaughan

Faction of Fools Theatre Company combines Charles Dickens and Commedia Dell’Arte this Christmas for an inspired production of A Commedia Christmas Carol. The larger than life fable with its comi-tragic story and over-the-top ghosts is the perfect story for a group of ancient clowns with their masks and stylized body comedy. Faction of Fools is […]

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Matthew R. Wilson (Hamlecchino). Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

‘Hamlecchino’ at Faction of Fools by Natalie McCabe

Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, but energy is high and comedy very much alive in Faction of Fools’ current production, Hamlecchino, which takes Shakespeare’s Hamlet and reinvents it as a Commedia dell’Arte play. In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet has been summoned from his studies due to his father’s untimely death. When he returns to his […]

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